A Montgomery County Public Schools bus driver was charged with multiple sex offenses for having inappropriate contact with two 11-year-old students.
Salvador Rodriguez, 59, was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of third-degree sex offense and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority.
Police say the inappropriate contact happened on MCPS buses during Rodriguez's bus routes.
Rodriguez's bus routes included Rock View Elementary School, Newport Mill Middle School and Albert Einstein High School.
Police say on three separate occasions, Rodriguez had inappropriate sexual contact with two victims while they were passengers on the bus. The incidents happened on separate occasions.
Rodriguez admitted to having inappropriate contact with the victims to police.
The principal of Rock View Elementary School released the following statement to parents/guradians:
"I am writing to inform you that the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) has arrested Mr. Salvador Rodriguez, a bus operator who drove route 3112 for the Rock View Elementary School, Newport Mill Middle School and Albert Einstein High School communities, on two counts of sexual abuse of minor, four counts of 3rd degree sex offense, and four counts of 4th degree sex offense. According to MCPD, the charges are related to inappropriate contact that occurred on the bus with two Rock View students.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has been fully cooperating with Child Protective Services, MCPD, and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office on this matter. Pursuant to our memorandum of understanding with these agencies and MCPS policies and regulations, the Special Victims Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department requested us not to share any details broadly with the community until now to avoid prejudicing the ongoing investigation.
Mr. Rodriguez was immediately placed on administrative leave once MCPS became aware of the allegations.
The allegations presented in the charging document are disturbing and completely unacceptable. They represent a serious breach of trust, responsibility, integrity and the law. This behavior does not reflect the principles and values of MCPS on our community, and it will not be tolerated.
As always, we are committed to the well-being of all our students. A support team of school psychologists, counselors and pupil personnel workers from MCPS will join with our staff on Monday, March 6 and will be available, as needed, to provide counseling and support to students.
Ensuring a safe learning environment for our students is our top priority. If you or your child have any information that may be helpful to the investigation, I ask that you call the Special Victims Investigations Division of the Montgomery County Police Department at 240-773-5400. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions."